Forty participants selected for third ALA Leadership Institute

For Immediate Release
Tue, 06/02/2015


JoAnne Kempf


Office of ALA Governance

American Library Association

CHICAGO — Forty mid-career librarians have been selected from a highly competitive pool to participate in Leading to the Future, ALA’s third four-day immersive leadership development program for future library leaders. The 40 participants for the August institute are: Jennifer Anne Alvino, Steven Bailey, Gladstone Eldon Bucknor, Mary E. Burke, Elizabeth Anne Burns, Anne Cambridge, Lisa Ann Carr, Laura Carscaddon, Cynthia J. Charles, Michael Robert Cockrell, Angiah Davis, Nora Galler, Regina Gong, Brian Guenther, Sherelle Harris, Megan Heinrichs, Adrian K. Ho, Julia Huprich, Mary Ellen Icaza, Elizabeth Joseph, Tessa Eileen Killian, Christine J. Klien, Kimberly Bray Knight, Molly Krichten, Jenna Mayotte, Jared L. Mills, Bobbie B. Monzon, Claire Marie Moore, Elissa Moritz, Michele Harmony Paladines, Steward Shaw, Santi Thompson, Sarah Marie Townsend, Jeremiah Trinidad-Christensen, Lisa R. Varga, Janet Elizabeth Vogel, Sandy Wee, Ivy Moon Weston, Joy Cornejo Whatley and Britt White. More about their current roles and locations will be found on the ALA Leadership Institute page.

The selection committee, headed up by LLAMA, looked for a diverse participant mix based on type of library (public, academic, school, special), organizational responsibility, geography, gender and race/ethnicity, as well as demonstrated leadership potential, readiness for increased responsibility, professional achievement and community or campus involvement.

Led again by ALA Past President Maureen Sullivan and ACRL Content Strategist Kathryn Deiss, this ALA Leadership Institute is designed to help participants develop and practice their leadership skills in areas critical to the future of the libraries they lead, and allow them to form a vibrant learning community and network. With content based on real world cases and nuanced situations, participants will explore topics related to the greatest challenges and possibilities of leading into a future marked by turbulence and ambiguity. 

Participants are expected to return to their institution with greater self-awareness and self-confidence, equipped with better skills for leading, coaching, collaborating, and engaging within their organizations and in their communities, and prepared to identify, develop, and implement solutions which will benefit all stakeholders. Participants in the 2013 and 2014 institutes rated the experience and its applicability to their work situations highly.

Support for the Institute is provided by Innovative Interfaces, Inc.  Innovative is dedicated to providing leading technology solutions and services that empower libraries and enrich their users worldwide.

Further information is available on the ALA Leadership Institute page.